Sandals Barbados in Lawrence Gap, Barbados
te Sand Dover Beach, Dining Experience, Great Surfing, Walking Distance To Island Life. Sandals Barbados is comfortably situated on the white-sand Dover Beach, and gives you the daily option of a luxury all-inclusive haven or nearby local adventures.
Location of Sandals Barbados
Nearest Airport: BGI
Amenities for Sandals Barbados
- On-Site Amenities
- All Inclusive
- Honeymoons & Romance
Reviews for Sandals Barbados
This is my first Sandals Resort and my first time in Barbados, although I have been to many other places and other 5 star resorts. Overall, the resort is beautiful. The new Royal Barbados opened last month. Although they list this resort as separate, both the Royal Barbados and Barbados Sandals are now just one larger resort. They are connected together and it is easy to walk between the two. The resort is very well maintained and easy to walk around. All of the staff were extremely friendly and would sometimes go out of their way to talk to us. Specifically, Sandals employees Shanice, one of the activity coordinators and Travon, pool maintenance were exceptional!! Anike, main pool bartender mixed the best Bloody Maryâ€™s. When we arrived, we were greeted by a song, champagne, and refreshing lemon wash cloths. We were then whisked to the lobby where we did an electronic check in (on ipad) while sitting on a couch. The process was simple and quick. Unfortunately, even though we arrived at 2:30pm, we were told our room wasnâ€™t ready. So, we were escorted to one of the restaurants to grab something to eat. We checked back about an hour later and then our room was ready. We booked a room in the Caribbean Village (King James House), which I believe is one of the lesser expensive rooms. This was all that was available when we booked several months ago. We did not have a view of the beach, but it was a very nice view of the grounds below where they often had weddings. We were very pleased with the room (no tub or other extras). Why pay for a large room when you spend most of your time outside of it?! The unique sliding door with no lock on the bathroom was a bit odd, though. Overall, the temperature in Barbados is absolutely perfect. It never got below 75 at night (which sometimes does require jeans) and got to a high of 82 during the day (which was a very hot 82). I suggest wearing SPF30 or higher when laying out in the sun, as the sun is very intense. There is a constant breeze of about 20 mph winds, which feels good when itâ€™s 82. However, this made participating in any water activities on the beach impossible. During our 7 day stay, there was only 1 day that the beach was not red flagged and the winds calm enough to use any of the free/included water activities that they advertise. Also, the strong breeze caused sand to be blown in your face and in your drinks if you were lying on the beach during the day. It rained at least 5 of the 7 days that we stayed. However, most of the time it only rained for a few minutes and then stopped. Itâ€™s very odd, as it would be sunny and then just start raining out of nowhere (no clouds sometimes). The locals were quick to tell us that these were very unusual weather patterns. The quick rain was never really an issue for us. We had 2 days where it rained heavy for an extensive amount of time, one of which was the day we left, so it wasnâ€™t a problem. We enjoyed listening to the whistling frogs at night and hearing the birds chirping in the morning. The average age of the customers was 50+ years old, with a few people in their 80â€™s. We saw very few young people. THINGS WE WERE DISAPPOINTED WITH: It always took a long time to get any kind of alcoholic drink, even when the bartenders werenâ€™t busy. They did not seem to be in any hurry to get you a drink, which is the opposite that I have seen at other resorts. There wasnâ€™t always someone at the swim-up side of the pool bar, so you had to wait for them to come around from the other side. Other resorts Iâ€™ve been to always had staff and I never waited. Also, the only way to get drinks is to go to the bar. At other resorts, they will come by your chair and offer you a drink. The restaurant staff messed up our food order about 75% of the time. There are a lot of restaurants to choose from, but unfortunately most of them are only open for dinner. There are only a few choices for lunch. It would be nice if some of the other restaurants had lunch options. Some of the restaurants require reservations, which is annoying when you are on vacation trying to relax. However, the intimate size and atmosphere of those restaurants warranted the reservations. Overall, the food was very good. The buffet food at Spices tended to be a little overcooked and dry, probably from sitting out. The food at LaParisienne, on the rooftop of Royal Sandals, was outstanding! The beach was very nice with super soft sand but constantly had seaweed all over it and in the water. The staff was out raking it up and burying it in the sand. Every person we spoke to said â€śbe sure to go to Oistensâ€ť. So, we booked the bus ride from the resort to Oistens on Friday night. We were very disappointed with Oistens. The bus arrived at Oistens around 6:30 or 7pm. By the time we arrived, it looked like everyone else had been there for hours as everyone was already sitting down and eating. Itâ€™s a large outdoor fish fry/market. Very chaotic. There are some vendors selling items which was worth looking at, but nothing special. I read that this is a big party scene, but we didnâ€™t see much of that going on at all. I would not waste my time and go to Oistens. BEST THING WE DID: Captain Larry personal tour of the entire island. You can catch this guy walking around on the beach in the morning in front of the resort. He is a well dressed, tall, skinny local. Initially, we were leary about handing him $200 cash on the beach, but he is 100% legit. Even the workers at the resort can vouch for him. You will get your own personal tour guide/driver (ours was Trevor) that picks you up in front of the resort in an air conditioned car. He drives you around the entire island, explaining the history of Barbados and stopping at scenic points along the way. You can stop and stay as long as you want at each spot. The driver gets out with you at each stop and walks with you. You will see parts of the island that are absolutely breathtaking. This excursion was worth every penny and took the majority of the day.
resolaru - Cheektowaga, New York
Technically I was not staying here as I am single and it's couples only, but I was there for a wedding (which was done beautifully) and had a few all day passes do I got to see a lot of it. The food generally was pretty good better than most places on the island (but I assume no one goes to Barbados for the food). The Indian restaurant was surprisingly good. All the bars and open areas are very pleasant. I think the majority of the guests are from the USA which is fine by me as I have found most Americans I have met to be warm, friendly and well mannered.
We needed a place to stay on short notice, missed our cruise ship. We had a wonderful time!!! Food and accommodation were excellent!! Staff were so friendly and kind, always willing to go the extra mile. First time at an all inclusive, we really enjoyed it!! Restaurants were excellent, lots of awesome choices.
bobR4930AT - Surrey, Canada
We stayed at Sandals Barbados 2/11-2/18 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The grounds are gorgeous including the neighbor resort Sandals Royal. Clean rooms, friendly staff, delicious food and we had a blast at Lovers Lane bowling as often as we could. The Friday night bar crew over near Soy were very friendly and fun. We do like to try a new resort annually but we will be back some day because of the wonderful experience. Just a quick walk off the resort and you have a lovely area of town with shops and restaurants. We did do a snorkeling trip and the water is lovely. We saw three shipwrecks and a turtle. This resort ranks high on the list as one of our favorite Sandals resorts. Previous stays have included Grande St Lucia, Montego Bay, Antigua, Grenada and Beaches Turks & Caicos.
This was our 4th Sandals property . When we arrived we were so excited to spend the afternoon on the beach. Few glitches with our room which was frustrating. We were very patient however after asking the front desk to get us a time frame when it would be ready. However no one could answer us . We went and had lunch only to return to front desk and Our room still wasnâ€™t ready . The manager could have addressed this situation better by finding out what the delay was and letting us know. Our friends were already at the beach enjoying the water and sun while we sat in the lobby . Finally got to our room which was nice although it definitely needs updating . The food was excellent and staff friendly and accommodating. My only complaint are the bartenders . They didnâ€™t awknowlege you when you were standing there waiting for a drink. Some are very rude and need training . They were busy washing glasses and cleaning up when they should be asking the customer what they would like. They basically ignored you at times. We were very lucky to have enjoyed the Royal Barbados which just opened . It was so beautiful and if we return , we will definitely stay at this location . Lastly Barbados has the best beach . The sand was so soft and white and the ocean just gorgeous. All in all we had a great time .
sunandsurf57 - Rockville Centre, New York